The perfect physique is cut, lean, athletic looking, plenty of muscle so you look powerful and strong. The perfect physique is a symmetry between strength, appearance, health and endurance.
The perfect physique never comes across as malnourished, weak, dehydrated.
Can you be too lean? Too shredded? Too ripped? Definately. If you look at a body and the vibe it gives off is anorexic, it most likely is. You see, there is a big, a huge difference between being underweight and ripped!
Underweight means you are skin and bone and of course a lot of muscle definition since you are working out. The definition is obtained because you have no body fat and not really much muscle either. How can I know? Because you weigh TOO LITTLE for your HEIGHT.
You don’t win a trophy because you got striations from head to toe unless you got enough muscle and happen to be in a bodybuilding competition.
There is nothing attractive with a dehydrated, drawn, hollow-eyed face. It’s usually what you get if you diet yourself down to skin and bone. And no, a little biceps volume is not a “proof” you are doing it all right.
My concept is NOT a starvation concept. Quite the opposite. It’s a concept to stay LEAN 365 days of the year while being physically and spiritually as healthy as possible.
You all know I always want to have abs, striations etc. But I don’t walk around trying to look like I’ve been in a concentration camp! Or like one of the Hollywood actresses, like Angelina Jolie, who look like walking dead ladies.
What I do is weight train. It’s supposed to ADD lean muscle weight to the body. The diet is to shed the unwanted body fat covering the muscle bellies. But, all muscle and no fat is NOT what you should strive for. Listen, it DOES NOT LOOK GOOD. It does not help your symmetry. It does not make you look HEALTHY. The illusion that a six pack and some striated shoulders are proof of fitness and health, yes it is an illusion, but what is NOT an illusion is that bone and skin and a bit muscle definition with a low weight is healthy. It never is.
The body fat adds symmetry to the body. It adds beauty. It is not to be nullified. A little enhances you! You ask me sometimes how I can look so healthy: because I AM!
I meet (in life and via email) a lot of training anorexics. They all say they want muscle. But they don’t really cause they are obsessed with having zero body fat. Do they look good? No. Will they be able to maintain it? Yeah, but with that getting fractured bones, hair loss, hormonal irregularities, heart dysfunctions etc etc. Is it worth it? Not at all. Who the heck wants to look like a skeleton? Only mentally sick people! And I am saying this with eating disorders in my baggage! I know the mindset!
There are soooo many people who are leaner, cutter, more shredded than I am. Am I jealous of them? No. Because what I strive for is perfection. Perfection is not extremes! Perfection is a symmetry, flow, a healthy strong appearance.
I see a lot of women in general who are soft and chubby one week then super lean and cut and muscular and pumped the next week. What happened? Well, I was bad, I thought they had let themselves go first with the puffy appearance…Until I realize they were just off the drugs! Horrible realization!
Usually, the body starts to down-regulate your metabolism if you go too far. if you are getting too skinny you won’t want to go to the gym, you will be tired. This is a safety system. But with extreme individuals there is a tendency to overdo things. Way too much. But for what reason? Too look like…bones?
I was never a fan of super shredded dehydrated bodybuilders. I still like the era of Arnold Schwarzenegger and the other dudes. And for women, I try to portray what I think is “perfection”. It’s “perfection” not taken to extremes unnaturally. If I were on antidiuretics, steroids, you name it, sure, I’d be waay leaner. But it’s not even what I want!
The human body is supposed to be in water balance. You can see it in my physique: it’s clearly never dehydrated, there is always a layer between the muscle and skin even though some days I can look very very ripped due to a “good day”. However, it’s a sign of being a drug free athlete/model. You see the same thing in most of the naturals. We never get as dry as those who usually are “on” something you don’t find at Vitamin Shoppe.
I remember I used to hate my body for always carrying a bit water until I realized that it made me look less drawn and malnourished than most people do when they are very lean. It made me look healthy. I also remember a female figure competitor a few years ago. She asked if I wanted some diuretics. I said “no thank you”, just to witness her drinking water like there was no tomorrow while peeing constantly, then got up onstage extremely dehydrated ripped. Did she win? No. Not even in the top 10. Was she shredded? Oh yes. I would not want to be her two kidneys for sure!
This makes me wonder about all those extremely “dry looking” extreme individuals at gyms. Are you all on antidiuretics? Or am I just too used to what’s going on in the bodybuilding and fitness community?
Another horrible wake up call was the other day when I happened to surf in on an old client’s facebook page. I couldn’t believe what I saw. Her face used to be so pretty, now showing those typical “drawn lines” in the face that you DO NOT GET UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN IN CONCENTRATION CAMP or on drugs. Someone wrote “you were so pretty on stage!!” and I wanted to write to her “what the hell did you DO! Stop it, you look like a drug user!” but of course I didn’t, it was not my business. I saw pics from her show too…She was NOT that lean and her body was NOT that good looking at all. But she got ripped. Oh yes, ripped she got….
The whole idea with this long ramble is to remind you what FIGHTER DIET is all about. It’s NOT to be skin and bones. It’s to look athletic, be athletic and feel fantastic. And realize that obtaining that might need extra work, but no way does it need DRUGS!!!!